Author Archives: Jill

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!

Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

The Clover Slim Pants from Colette Patterns are an easy-to-make pant designed for the beginner. Join Rhonda Buss for the next few weeks as we work on this versatile pattern together. Even if you’ve never made a pair of pants, you … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans Sew Along Starts Now! Shopping List & Prep Work

  Exciting to announce our Ginger Jean Sew Along. This has been one of our more anticipated sew alongs. I have trouble just trying jeans on, such a hassle. Making them can be a bit intimidating and that’s why we … Continue reading

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Today’s To-Do: Resurrect Those Sewing Resolutions!

Hey, what about those New Year resolutions? It’s been ten months but does anyone remember what your New Year’s resolutions were? I vaguely recall “train for a 5k, eat more fiber and sew a ball gown. Well, to be honest, … Continue reading

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Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Here are are at the end of the sew along. Thanks everyone for joining along. Remember if you ever have a question just leave it in the comments section and we’ll get to it. Hope you enjoy your new custom … Continue reading

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Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool

 Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool Do you have a sewing tool or notion that you can’t live without? You know the kind that if you were on a deserted island you wouldn’t want to be without it? There is … Continue reading

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Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

This post is all about pockets for the Weekender bag. There are a lot of pockets on/in this bag. Plus, there are a few specific instructions for sewing them. Read on for the next step in the sew along. We’re … Continue reading

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What We Love To Sew – From The Editors of Sew News!

Amanda – Senior Editor These days, I love a TNT (tried and true). I prefer basics that I’ll actually wear on a daily basis rather than special occasion pieces.  I usually don’t buy a pattern unless I think I’ll make … Continue reading

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What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!

The one thing art requires, Jenny Hart says, is un-constructed time—freedom to create with abandon, sans restrictions or interruptions. Finding said time used to be a challenge when the Sublime Stitching founder lived at her Los Angeles warehouse, but it’s … Continue reading

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery – Episode 9 Preview

Have you gotten a chance to view the previews of our new machine embroidery series? This 26 episode series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful … Continue reading

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Weekender Sew Along Week 2: Piping and Cording Tutorial

Hello everyone, we are back at it with the Weekender Bag Sew Along. The pattern is from Swoon patterns and really is a versatile bag pattern. This post is all about making your own piping, cording for the bag. You … Continue reading

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New Webinar with Connie Crawford! Learn To Grade Sewing Patterns

Hello everyone, I wanted to talk about a new webinar coming out on September 20. We are so lucky to have Connie Crawford run this webinar, showing how to grade patterns. If you have an out of print sewing pattern, … Continue reading

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Inspiration Inside! Sew What You Love

Sew News Issue Review Have you picked up the latest Sew News? We’ve got it stuffed with all kinds of great advice, tutorials and free e-patterns.

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Weekender Sew Along Starts Now! Prep & Supplies List

It’s here! The Weekender Sew Along starts now (just in time for the weekend). Our bag sew alongs have always been popular, not fitting! So far we’ve done the Grainline Studio Portside Travel Set And, the Cosmo Bag from Studio … Continue reading

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September is National Sewing Month!

Most folks around here think every month is sewing month. But, it is nice to have an entire month with the spotlight on sewing. In celebration of NSM, all month long the editors of Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and … Continue reading

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Why Should I Take A Sewing Certification Course? Learn What A Certification Course Does For You.

I get a lot of questions on what certification means when taking a online or face-to-face class. It’s a good question and I think it deserves a bit of space, because some of these classes can be expensive, so you’ll … Continue reading

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Tips On Copying Garments from RTW

Have you ever wanted to copy a RTW garment and make a pattern out of it? I see clothes all the time at the mall or online shopping and think how easily I could make it myself. Actually, it’s a … Continue reading

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Learn How To Build Your Brand! New Webinar with Cheryl Sleboda

Do you want o start an Etsy shop, or maybe become a pattern maker/designer. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to quit the 9-5 routine and strike out on your own in a creative pursuit. If so you’ll need to learn how … Continue reading

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